What is a Graduate Certificate of Applied Management?
The Graduate Certificate of Applied Management (GCAM) is a work-based learning course that combines individual learning and organisational learning enabling the individual to gain formal qualifications while at the same time enhancing their organisation’s capabilities.
Guided by an innovative work-based learning framework, working practitioners will negotiate their customised learning program, designed to meet their personal and professional development needs within the context of their work roles. Work, critical thinking and reflective learning form the basis of studies, enabling participants to become more effective practitioners in their current field and gain formal higher education qualifications from the learning acquired through the performance of work.
Torrens University’s GCAM course can be tailored to offer the insight and tools you need to advance your professional development, navigate organisational culture, facilitate change and lead with confidence. Enhance your standing in your current organisation, prepare yourself for management roles in a variety of industries, or pathway into an MBA for extended development opportunities.
- Critically evaluate organisational needs and develop appropriate business solutions.
- Reflect on and learn from work experiences.
- Plan, manage and deliver effective management projects that deliver impactful business outcomes.
- Analyse relevant business data to support effective business decision-making.
- Utilise a range of communication media and mediums as appropriate to achieve individual and/or organisational goals
This course is delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd, ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E.
You will graduate with the skills and knowledge to critically analyse core business functions, implement strategic processes, manage risk and lead complex teams. Rise into top management roles at your current organisation or prepare yourself for leadership in any industry.
Potential career paths
Average salary: $107,038 - $164,883
Average salary: $75,010 - $134,412
Average salary: $100,000 - $155,269
Average salary: $76,709 - $140,000
Subjects and units
Our program is built around two core subjects, and we can work with you to design focus areas that provide value to your organisation. Each subject involves approximately 12.5 hours of study per week, comprising three hours of facilitated study and nine and a half hours of self-directed study.
Workplace Learning and Research | MGT510Developing a learning mindset and the skills of how to learn are critical to your success as a senior industry professional. This subject assists you to develop the knowledge and skills to learn effectively in the workplace as a senior professional. You will explore and challenge assumptions about how you learn best and what constitutes effective learning. The subject will guide you on how to learn from- and in-action, and to reflect on your experience of events, situations or actions so as to make sense of them in a structured manner. You will also learn about how to research, scope, and secure appropriate resources to undertake a successful workplace project and deepen your reflective practice.
Advanced Business Practice Project | MGT511Having developed an agreed project brief, you are now ready to complete the project, which is constituted as a formal three-way learning agreement between the university, the organisation, and you, the learner. This subject provides you with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained in MGT510 Workplace Learning & Research with the support and guidance of your organisational sponsor and academic adviser to a real work-based challenge. The project will be within your own role or scope and be of a level of complexity that is equal to, or more than your level of responsibility. It will involve a minimum work commitment of 200 hours not including academic research and assessment work. Projects can be undertaken in groups subject to the above conditions. However, each learner will submit their own individual work.
Management, People and Teams | MGT600This subject introduces you to how organisational behaviour, politics, dynamics and environments impact on the role and legitimacy of management. Constraints that managers and emerging leaders face in developing strategies to leverage advantages and overcome barriers in organisations and projects will be explored. You will identify, analyse and make effective decisions to resolve people-related issues, lead and manage change, facilitate employee development, performance and sustain effective teams in complex and diverse global operating environments.
Dynamic Leadership | MGT601In this subject you will build upon your current self-understanding to develop your strategic and ethical leadership capability. You will explore your key formative experiences and self-image using the techniques of reflective research, psychometric assessment and support from a mentoring partner. Develop your emotional competency to be authentic, confident and resilient in your leadership practices. Built on a foundation of self-reflection, topics covered include scenario thinking, influencing and motivating others, developing cultural sensitivity, and becoming resilient and tolerant of ambiguity. At the conclusion of the subject you will bring together the knowledge and skills you have acquired through the preparation of a personal leadership development plan.
Business Decision Analytics | MGT602Today's decisions have to be made quickly, individually and in groups, with what often appears to be ambiguous or too much data. How does one select, observe and distil the most pertinent data sets to make decisions that will positively impact tomorrow's firms and communities? This subject engages students in the nuances of data collection, how to filter data and how to use it most effectively in decision-making. The subject develops the student's qualitative and quantitative research skills, and digital literacy.
Systems Thinking | MGT603This subject builds on systems theory and introduces you to a holistic view of the organisation, and the broader ecosystem it operates in. Apply Systems Thinking to optimise operations, improve competitive advantage, and address change. You will use several Systems Thinking tools to diagnose and propose innovative solutions to contemporary business issues.
Strategic Management | MGT604This subject explores sustainable approaches to managing the symbiotic relationship between organisations and their environments. Organisations are increasingly facing disruption and the basis for delivering products and services is rapidly changing. Sustaining performance requires careful management of business processes, fostering corporate competencies, and aligning the firm to its internal and external environment. The student will learn and then practice strategising through a number of theories and practical settings.
Marketing | MKT60021st Century professionals who aspire to hold a leadership position must have a clear understanding and appreciation of the importance of marketing. This subject is designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of marketing theories and the strategic application of marketing concepts in various contexts, including profit and not-for- profit organisations, and government. You will be equipped with the ability to formulate marketing strategy and the use of strategic marketing mix elements in developing and maintaining a market orientation. Assess organisational performance in relation to ethical and socially acceptable business practices and use strategic marketing to gain a competitive advantage.
Principles of Project Management | PROJ6000This subject introduces you to the practice of contemporary project management and its relevance in industry. You will be introduced to fundamental concepts of project management, project definition and project delivery methods. Contemporary project management methodologies will be examined in the context of industry best practice. An overview of industry standard tools and techniques required to manage projects successfully throughout a project life cycle will be provided. This includes industry terminology and the rationale behind the commencement of a project.
Financial Management | FIN600This subject is focused on how company managers/leaders make decisions relating to obtaining finance, making investments, and managing working capital. You will interpret and apply information available from the company’s financial records to inform strategy. This subject will equip you with knowledge and skills that will aid financial decision making. You will learn how to apply tools such as financial statement analysis, capital budgeting, and cost and budget management techniques.
Agile Project Management | MIS608Progressing from traditional project management frameworks this subject focuses on Agile project management, Agile project management methodology, the principles of Agile, and Agile techniques. This subject will be based on a foundation of the 4 core values and 12 guiding principles of Agile as laid out by the agile manifesto. Students will develop an understanding of Agile concepts, tools and techniques: Scrum and Kanban, Roadmap planning, Program increments, Sprints and daily scrums and the Agile roles within teams. Some of the leading Agile frameworks will be discussed so that students have an understanding of some of the different philosophies, which support the Agile continuous delivery pipeline. Points of origin in Lean practice and the relationship between Agile and DevOps will also be covered to help students orient themselves in the broader emerging landscape of projects and software development landscape.
Employer Based Project | MGT606The Employer Based Project subject is a 4-unit postgraduate subject designed to facilitate work-integrated learning in the student’s current employment to be included in the volume of learning for the student’s currently enrolled program. Like any other subject, there is an expectation that the student will engage in 120 hours of active learning above and beyond their normal employment duties. This subject requires the student to undertake and document an original and new project that will be sponsored by and benefit the employer as well as demonstrably bridge the theoretical–praxis gap in the student’s knowledge. If approved, the student will be allocated an academic supervisor who will support the student in bridging knowledge and practice for the duration of the unit.
Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.
Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.
Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.
Applicants without formal qualifications are eligible to apply if they have seven years of professional, administrative or managerial work experience. Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis
Participants will need to be supported by a workplace that can provide a significant contemporary project and appropriate resourcing.
The Graduate Certificate of Applied Management is a bespoke program that recognises your organisation’s structured in-house learning opportunities. We acknowledge that the programs you provide are deepening your employees’ learnings and can provide accreditation against these programs.
Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior LearningIf you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.
How to apply
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
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We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.
Frequently asked questions
What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate. Exceptions may apply to some courses.
What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
If you are a domestic student attending university or an approved higher education provider, you can get a FEE-HELP loan to pay all or part of your tuition fees.
You are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study (i.e. subject) if you:
- Undertake study with an approved provider.
- Meet the citizenship and residency requirements:
- An Australian citizen or a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency criteria and who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course; OR
- A permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be a resident in Australia for the duration of your unit; OR
- Are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be a resident in Australia for the duration of the study.
- Enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for the unit.
- Have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.
For full details, visit the Australian Government website Study Assist.
If you are still unsure, please contact our Future Student Advisors who can talk you through the information.
Can I get course credit for previous experience?
Yes, course credit is available for most courses upon application and academic approval (excluding Higher Degree by Research programs).
If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Review our Course Credits page or chat to our Future Student Advisors.
What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that recognises experience, previous study and qualifications, and other forms of informal and non-formal learning, to determine if you meet course requirements.
If you have relevant qualifications or experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course and a reduction in tuition costs.
Please speak to our Future Student Advisors to discuss your prior learning experiences.
For more information, please visit Course credits.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
Torrens University has a wide range of scholarship options to support new, returning, international and Australian students. They all include a reduction in tuition fees, and some scholarships include a mentoring component with our industry partners.
When you speak to our Future Student Advisors, let them know you wish to be considered for a scholarship in your application form. They will show you how to apply for a scholarship.
For more details, explore our range of scholarships.
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